Brothers Colin as winemaker and Malcolm as viticulturist form the ‘dream team’. They have been joined by the fifth generation who are adding their skills and ideas to build on the family tradition and knowledge which began in 1870.
Julie is the winemaker and is taking over the custodianship of the Campbell’s style from Col while Susie oversees the marketing direction and sales and Jane oversees all elements of brand and public relations plus her much loved cellar door and all the events.
“Wine is in our blood; we’ve grown up with it. We live it, breathe it and love it.”
Together they have a shared vision to champion the region by leading the way with outstanding wines, innovative and progressive practices and an authentic winery experience.
They have added to the traditional Rutherglen treasures of Shiraz and Durif with Tempranillo, Roussanne and Viognier and say there is more to come!
Of course the soul of Campbells and a constant reminder of the gifts of generations past are their sleeping giants which are stored in the heart of the cellars – their world famous and unique Muscats and Topaques of Rutherglen.
“Wine is in our blood; we’ve grown up with it.
We live it, breathe it and love it.”
Malcolm Campbell OAM
Malcolm Campbell OAM
Forming a dream team with his brother winemaker Col, Malc as the viticulturist, has overseen the expansion of the family vineyards in Rutherglen. Over the years he has trialled new varieties and innovative vineyard management systems to provide the best fruit to the winemaking team.
With a lifetime of living and working with the land of Campbells, Malc knows the Rutherglen soils and climate intimately and together with his son, Roger, he oversees the broader agricultural family enterprise of grain and sheep for wool and prime lambs.
Vitally interested in the viticultural needs of the district, he was co-founder of the Rutherglen Vine Grafting facility, which provides vines for the district. He has been co-manager of this committee since its inception. He has also always been actively involved on various industry bodies related to vine health.
Malc and his wife Jenny have been a great team over the years. The diversity and demands of the annual cycle of the growing seasons leave little spare time for them, however they do enjoy a bit of travel and following the grandchildren with their sports and other interests. Of course, they have a strong interest and enjoyment of wines – it’s really a prerequisite of the job!
Malc was presented with the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community of Rutherglen as a viticulturist and through involvement with tourism promotion, emergency services and health organisations.
Colin Campbell OAM
Colin Campbell OAM
Joint Owner and Director,
Col is the fourth generation Campbell winemaker. After graduating from South Australia’s Roseworthy College, he together with his brother Malcolm, seized the opportunity to expand the family vineyards and winery.
Col has been unwavering in his commitment to quality and sets a high standard for the winemaking team. Bobbie Burns Shiraz and The Barkly Durif are wines very dear to his heart.
As chair of the Muscat of Rutherglen Network, Colin’s lifelong passion was to see Rutherglen Muscat recognized as the unique wine of Australia. A highlight was the recognition of their rare Rutherglen Muscat, The Merchant Prince, being the first Australian wine to be awarded the perfect score by highly respected New York based Wine Spectator magazine.
Colin is tenacious in his endeavours for the good of the Australian wine industry and is on various industry groups. He chaired the Fortified Sustainability Project responsible for developing new names for Sherry and Tokay and a relaunch strategy for Australian fortified wines.
Colin and his wife Prue have been a great team over the years and now much to their delight and pride, their three daughters Jane, Susie and Jules are now all contributing their skills at Campbells.
The wine industry takes Col and Prue far and wide but there is always time made for testing out the ski runs, riding the waves at their favourite surf beaches or just heading into the nearby high country to explore new tracks. A pastime enjoyed greatly with their children and grandchildren whenever possible.
Colin was presented with the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for his outstanding contribution to the winemaking industry. This contribution includes his work with Winemakers Federation of Australia, Australia’s First Families of Wine, his leadership of the Muscat of Rutherglen network, the Durif of Rutherglen Group and so much more.
Cellar Door and Events Manager
Jane has the very versatile role of looking after Campbells Brand and Campbells site overall. This includes overseeing Cellar Door and surrounds, plus Campbells events which run throughout the year both at the winery and nationally.
After studying at university and travelling, Jane returned to the winery full time in 2011. She thoroughly enjoys calling the winery and surrounding property her home and as a board member of the Winemakers of Rutherglen, relishes the chance to help make Rutherglen a must visit destination. With its close proximity to the ski fields and with city centres such as Albury, Melbourne and Sydney an easy trip from town, it is a fabulous place to live – and a great place for people to spend time discovering!
Jane’s personal life is kept busy with family, horses and cattle along with a large garden! She loves to entertain and enjoy great wine and food with friends.
Susie remembers fondly the magic time of vintage in Rutherglen – the sweet, grapey smells, the lights & hum of the winery in the early hours of the morning, tasting grapes with her Dad whilst trying to keep up with his giant steps through the vineyard and then the buzz of cellar door and conversations around the dinner table about how best to grow the family business. These experiences fuelled Susie’s lifelong ambition to someday be involved in the family business.
After completing a student exchange in Switzerland, a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree at RMIT and five years in Sydney working for Thredbo Ski Resorts and then as a graduate with Southcorp Wines & Packaging she decided it was time to return home. In 2003 she began as a Marketing Assistant and in 2005 took on the role as Marketing Manager which she continues to enjoy and find challenging today! Highlights over the years have been releasing new wines and watching them progress, facilitating two brand refresh projects, founding the Young Bloods of Rutherglen, business trips to the US and UK including the launch of Australia’s First Families of Wine and meeting Cellar Club members and Visitors at cellar door and events around Australia.
For Susie her role has no bounds as her mind is always ticking over with ideas for Campbells often whilst travelling & discovering new places, catching up with friends over a good wine or when simply walking her dogs with husband Paul by the mighty Murray or doing anything in our great outdoors!
(aka Jules Ashmead)
Jules has the greatest role of spending intense moments at key times throughout the year tasting and blending the wines with the winemaking team. Helping to make sure that the Campbell wine style is in check and that the winemaking team continue to do the best they can.
Jules’ winemaking passion all began with the bottling line and lab work she did at Campbells – as it did for Susie and Jane too! That was followed with vintage work around the world and then some more long term winemaking roles in France and then back in the Barossa.
Jules’ personal life is overrun with three very active little men… She loves her garden and the great outdoors when she has a spare moment. She also loves to run (not that she is trying to escape anything!).
Roger oversees the running of the farm side of the business, spending his days looking after sheep, cropping and maintenance on the machinery is an ongoing job!
Being a welder-steel fabricator by trade, Roger certainly knows how to put a great shed together. In his spare time he enjoys watching AFL and V8 supercars, playing with anything mechanical, wasting his money on restoring old Holden’s and riding motor bikes.
Winery Operations Manager
Ian Diver has been with the Campbells team for over 10 years. Working in the winemaking team alongside Colin and Jules, he heads the role of Winery Operations Manager, which makes him responsible for translating all the winemaking decisions into finished wines (of which he does a stellar job of!)